How To Naturally Dyed Blue Eggs

These beautiful, naturally blue-dyed eggs could not be easier to make for Easter. All you need is one item from your refrigerator.

Just imagine how wonderful an Easter table would look with these one-of-a-kind eggs at each place setting? Well, you don’t have to imagine. I set a table using these pretty dyed Easter eggs and I’m sharing it with you!

Can you guess how I dyed them? They are dyed using one ingredient, and it’s a vegetable! You won’t believe it…

Materials

These cloud-like eggs were made with a head of red cabbage! 

RED CABBAGE

Yes, that’s right. A red cabbage that is really purple will create a blue easter egg. Who knew?

Here’s what you will need to make these beautiful naturally dyed eggs…

  • hard boiled eggs
  • water
  • red cabbage
  • vinegar
  • plastic cups
  • spoons

How To Make Naturally Blue Dyed Eggs

Here’s how I made them…

Cut up a red cabbage and put it into a stainless steel pot, add about a quart of water, and simmer it for an hour or two. The cabbage will get very soft and mushy. Check the water level to make sure it stays about the same level. Then, put the pot of cabbage in the refrigerator overnight.

Pour the cabbage liquid into two or three cups. Add 1 TBS of white vinegar to each cup. The vinegar intensifies the dye. Don’t worry if the cabbage dye looks purple; the eggs will come out blue.

CUPS OF DYE

Discard the cabbage.

Put a hardboiled egg in each dye-filled cup. Make sure the egg is totally covered with the dye. You may need to add a little water to cover the eggs. 

The longer you leave the eggs in the cabbage dye, the darker and more complex they become. I kept the darker ones in the frig overnight. 

These naturally dyed blue eggs are just so stunning! The camera does not do them justice!

When the eggs come out of the dye, let them dry naturally and then put them back in the frig. They will be ready for Easter morning!

I hope you will try these amazing, pretty eggs. Start making them early in the week, and little by little, you will have the most beautiful blue Easter eggs!

Spring Easter Eggs

Chocolate bar marzipan jujubes jelly-o carrot cake caramels. Tootsie roll cookie jujubes powder icing lemon drops. Pastry brownie topping oat cake chocolate cake jelly candy gingerbread tart.

Beautiful soft blue and green naturally dyed easter eggs using red cabbage. Perfect for spring decor or Easter

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66 Comments

  1. Those eggs are gorgeous. Was planning on trying to dye eggs naturally this Easter and am going to give this a try.

    What ratio of “red cabbage dye” to vinegar did you use?

    Thanks.

      1. Thanks for the quick response!

  2. What a nice colour!!!!I have a question,the water u are pouring to the cabbage is hot boiled?

    Thank you for the wonderful posts!
    Julia

    1. I use regular tap water and then simmer the cabbage in the water for about 2 hours. Hope this helps.

  3. Beautiful! I have some eggs that I have blown out. Do you think I could use them instead of boiling??

    1. I think they would work if you could figure out how to keep them from floating on top of the dye.

      1. I bet you could dye raw and then blow them out after the dye sets.
        Love the colors.

  4. They are absolutely beautiful. I don’t dye Easter eggs anymore but I think I may try to come up with a craft project using the dye. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. I love the color and that some of the eggs have a pattern. How did you make the pattern?

  6. Beautiful! would it work with foam eggs or plastic eggs?

    1. I don’t think so Liz. The eggs would float and I don’t think the dye would absorb into those materials.

  7. Stunning! I love the blue color they got and will have to try this!

  8. The eggs are awesome. I love how they turned out, pinned it so I can use for later.
    Have a great day.
    Be Blessed

  9. OH I love the color blue. Definitely trying this tomorrow for Easter Sunday brunch.
    Thank you for all your inspirations.

  10. Treva Mills says:

    Just beautiful! I am holding on to this post.
    Thank you

  11. OMG they are BEAUTIFUL, as is everything you do! How did you do the pattern?

  12. Doreen Bednarski says:

    This is a great idea and since blue is my favorite color, it is a must! I’m getting ready to boil the cabbage and cook the eggs now. I hope mine are as pretty as your’s.
    Happy Easter

  13. I saw an article about hard boiling a dozen eggs in the oven! Haven’t tried it yet but I’m sending the info to you in case you or fans would like to try it. I may do this later this week, as your beautiful “Naturally Dyed Blue Easter Eggs” have inspired me !

    1. HOW TO MAKE HARD BOILED EGGS IN THE OVEN
      Preheat oven 325º (or 350º if your oven runs cooler)
      Place eggs in mini muffin tin and cook them for 30 minutes, then place them in cool water for about 10 minutes.
      They may have a slightly creamier texture than when hard boiled.

  14. Well, that’s just amazing! I’m surprised they turned out such a beautiful blue from purple cabbage! You are so clever, Yvonne! I pinned it and sent the pin to my daughter to do for her children. Healthy and beautiful!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  15. These are absolutely gorgeous. What lovely shades of blue they created. Pinning!

    1. I just let 3 eggs steep in the dye for over 24 hours and the blue I got looks amazing!

  16. Great tip! Love it! Will have to try it! Beautiful colors! Thanks!

  17. These eggs are so beautiful Yvonne….Nowadays we are all looking for a healthy alternative to the traditional dyes…thanks for the tutorial….

  18. Even looking at the liquid in the jars, I would’ve never guessed that these eggs would’ve turned out blue! Holy Cow! This little project now has me wondering what other foods will turn eggs different colors! LOL! This is great, I love this and they look beautiful on your table!

  19. And I thought it was going to be blueberries … using just the strained juice after boiling! (But maybe blueberries create purple eggs!)

    Yet again, you have given us another lovely (and super easy) project. I was thinking I would not dye eggs this year, because I had a Spring Show last yea, and was on Easter & Spring Art & Crafts overload ~ but now ~ I cannot resist doing these! Love those colors!

    As I’ve said many times ~ love your Blog, too, and the exciting ideas you have for the many “seasons of our lives!” Hugs, Yvonne … k

  20. Ooops … Spring Shoe last YEAR … (Now where are those glasses?!?)

  21. Will the dye come off after refrigerating the eggs like packaged dye does?

  22. These eggs are beautiful and unique. I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing the recipe and your gorgeous table scape.

  23. Darlene Odom says:

    It is amazing what nature and a little imagination will do. These eggs are beautiful.

  24. A. French says:

    The blue eggs are beautiful! I can’t wait to tell my granddaughter about this idea!
    I made the onion skin dyed eggs last year and liked them. The colors are much more interesting than food coloring dyes.

  25. Kathryn Durrant says:

    Can’t wait to try this. I even had the red cabbage already bought before I saw these eggs. I guess I’ll have to buy another one to use in my salads.

  26. I am definitely going to try this technique! These eggs are absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE blue! Thanks for the tip : )

  27. Lillian Lane says:

    I finally got my St. Patrick’s Day decorations put away yesterday. This has inspired me to get busy decoating for Easter . . . hmmmmm . . . I wonder if that half head of red cabbage that I didn’t use in our corned beef and cabbage dinner on March 17th would still work for the dye.

  28. Love the blue eggs, hate to sound like a broken record but it seems everyone has the same feelings. If you leave the eggs in the dye in the refrigerator for a couple of days will the color intensify? I would really like to have several different shades of blue.

    1. Yvonne said she did put some overnight in her fridge to intensify the color.

  29. Norma Rolader says:

    Absolutely gorgeous didn’t know purple cabbage could do this Thank you for sharing

  30. Debbie Wilson says:

    Love love this beautiful table setting and the dyed eggs are ‘over the top’! May I ask where you found the little birds nest you have displaced at each table setting. They are adorable too! Thanks!

  31. I haven’t dyed eggs since my children left the nest, but guess what?!!!

  32. Elizabeth Ann says:

    I made your idea of the Torn Paper Eggs and they turned out beautiful. I am going to try these beautiful blue eggs!

  33. What a great idea! They are beautiful, you have the best blog.

  34. Cabbage done ✅ and eggs ✅
    I’m going to have blue eggs for Easter!
    Yvonne have you tried this dye with blown out eggs?

    1. No, because the blown eggs will float.If you have success let me know! Happy Easter

  35. Linda Pemberton says:

    I didn’t realize these eggs took hours to turn blue. Ive done 6 so far and they’ve been in the refrigerator all night. So Ill have at least that many. The colors are beautiful. I wonder how blueberries would work? Thanks for a great idea!

  36. Barbara Loyd says:

    I used to save onion skins then dyed eggs with the leftover liquid after boiling them. They came out in subtle shades of taupe, beige and tan, but looked like marble. I love your blue eggs even more. Pre-Easter project. Thanks for sharing the secret of the red cabbage!

  37. Do you know if this would work with wooden eggs?

    1. I’m wondering the same thing about wooden eggs. Just ordered some to either water color or dye.

  38. CarolBinTX says:

    The eggs are beautiful! But what caught my eye was the mercury glass, crystal and white tablescape (along with the branches and eggs)! So breathtaking, I can’t even describe what I felt when I saw it! All I can say is I’m going to start having luncheons and dinner parties when this pandemic is all behind us! I use my good stuff with the family, but girlfriends really appreciate all the special touches!

    1. You are right about having more friends for lunch after the year we have all had! So glad you enjoyed the table!

  39. Mary Nell says:

    Love these eggs. I did this several years ago (from your post), and received so many compliments. I’ve also used onion skins to dye eggs. They are not quite as pretty as the blue, but they were pretty.
    Thank you for all the many ideas and inspiration I get from your blog!

    1. Onion skin eggs are a part of my family history! We make them every year. They have their own beauty. I’m so glad you gave these eggs a try.

  40. Katie Dufresne says:

    I love these blue eggs and will make for Easter. I’ve looked for the nests and can’t find. Where did you get them? Happy Easter and God’s blessings to you and family.

  41. Ellen J Sorce says:

    I used your cabbage method to dye eggs last year. It worked perfectly!!!!

  42. I love these naturally dyed eggs. This is the second year I made them. I did have to leave the eggs in overnight (in refrig) for a darker blue color. But I couldn’t achieve the mottled look like yours, did you do something different?